Oh pizza… so amazingly delicious, but what’s with all those calories? You make us simultaneously happy and sad and we need to work on you. What if we could have a saucy, crunchy pizza experience while leaving the extra baggage out of it? Time to get to work!
It was from this simple need that the basil pesto mini pizza was created. Look, when you really think about it, pizza doesn’t have to be so bad for you. Replacing the white base with whole grain is a great start, and if you don’t add cheese and focus on the vegetables then you’re essential just having a salad with a bit of bread on the side, which doesn’t sound nearly so bad. Replacing the traditional sauce with pesto just gives it a fresher taste. Is it pizza? Is it some sort of open-faced sandwich/foccacia hybrid? Well, whatever it is, it works, so we’ll leave the naming conventions up to you.
The real beauty of these pizzas/not pizzas is, of course, that you don’t really have to follow a recipe. You just load it up with whatever you like or have on hand, and go to town. Even the pesto is optional! It goes really well with the whole grain, but if you prefer a tomato based sauce, go right ahead. The olives are a must though! That little hit of salt really elevates the flavour – just don’t go overboard! Pair it with something fresh and sweet, and you have a healthy, filling lunchtime treat. Enjoy!
- Wholegrain bread or muffin, mixed beans, tomato, pumpkin, olives, pine nuts, caramelised onion, pesto, mixed leaves, avocado
- Granola, yoghurt, pomegranate, pepitas